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New Mexican (Newspaper) - December 29, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico DECEMBER THURSDAY 50 CENTS Top Enron accountant strikes deal Causey will be key witness against CEOs By Kristen Hays The Associated Press HOUSTON A former top accoun tant at Enron Corp sealed his plea deal with prosecutors Wednesday becoming a key potential witness in the upcoming fraud trial of former chief executive offi cers Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling Lay and SMlling were granted two extra weeks to adjust to the setback before their much anticipated trial the last and biggest of a string of corporate scandal cases starts at the end of January The accountant Richard Causey pleaded guilty to securities fraud Wednesday in return for a sevenyear prison term which could be shortened to five years if prosecutors are satisfied with his cooperation in the triaL He also must forfeit million to the govern ment according to the plea deal Causeys arrangement included a five page statement of fact in which he admit ted ne and other senior Enron manag ers made various fake public filings and statements Did you intend in these false public filings and false public statements intend to deceive the investing public US Dis trict Judge Sim Lake asked Yes your replied Causey who said little during the short hearing appearing calm whispering to his attor neys and answering questions politely Lay Skilling and Causey had been scheduled to be tried together Jan 17 on conspiracy fraud and other charges related to the scandalridden companys collapse more than four years ago The Please see ENRON Page A8 Richard Causey AT A GLANCE THE PLEA Enron former top accountant Richard Causey pleaded guilty to securities fraud in a deal with prosecutors He had faced more than 30 other charges and is likely to get five to v seven years in prison when hes sentenced WHAT IT MEANS Causey goes from defendant to valuable prosecution witness in next months trial of Enron founder Kenneth Lay and former chief executive officer Jeffrey Skilling He had been scheduled to be tried with them on fraud conspiracy and other charges ENRON TREND Causey was the 16th person to become a government witness after pleading guilty in Enron related cases since the companys dramatic collapse in 2001 Tis the flu season Number of flu cases in doubles in past week ESPANOLA Jane New Mexican Dr Richard Lieberman checks Adonica Ortiz 15 months for flulike symptoms at Urgent Care Santa Fe as her mother Monica Garcia hoids her Wednesday evening Flu season has hit Santa Fe with doctors seeing an influx of patients complaining about coughs runny noses and fevers By Natalie Storey The New Mexican fter waiting for an hour and a half Wednesday Monica Garcia finally got in to see the doctor about her 1year old daughters virus At Urgent Care Santa Fe she told Dr Rich ard lieberman the symptoms her daughter Adonica Ortiz has a fever wheezing inability to sleep and loss of appetite It seemed as if the little girl might have the flu After Lieberman examined her he deter mined Adonica hadxespiratory syncytial virus or RSy which life the flu is common this time of year It has much the same symptoms except sometimes the airway can become restricted which causes wheezing Both viruses as well as a multi tude of other respiratory illness have been on the rise this week Local doctors say they are swamped with patients who have flulike symptoms We are hearing the same story Everywhere there is a cough or a runny said Dr Gary Giblin who works at La Familla Southside INSIDE Studies show bird flu is not running wild Page A5 Medical Tis the The number of cases of people who have the flu or flulike symptoms has doubled in New Mexico during the past week according to the state Department of Heath The department gets its data from healthcare providers who have reported hundreds of tests that turned up positive for Influenza A the virus that causes the flu Flu activity in the state is now wide said Dr Joan Baumbach an epidemi ologist at the Department of Health Holiday travel can often worsen the situation Please see FLU Page A5 EPAs loudest critics also big grant collectors By Rita Beamish The Associated Press Environmental groups that fre quently spar with the Bush adminis tration over protecting the air water and human health also have collected millions of dollars in government grants failing in one recent case to properly account for the money More than nonprofit groups have received grants from the Envi ronmental Protection Agency over the last decade including those that lobby and sometimes sue the agency One of the most prominent the Natural Resources Defense Council was cited in a recent audit for failing to properly document more than a third of the million it received in three EPA NRDC used the money to conduct research and education on storm water pollution andto develop and encourage energyefficient technol ogy according to EPAs inspector gen eral the agencys internal watchdog NRDC acknowledges recordkeep ing errors dealing with benefits time sheets and indirect costs It cited in part erroneous direction from EPA about what was required Were not running away from that and thaf s why weve offered to pay Please see GRANTS Page A6 accused in drui By Jason Ausiander The New Mexican Two Espanola police officers are on adininistrative leave while their department inves tigates an offduty incident in which the officers allegedly got into a fight with a man from whom they tried to buy cocaine Espanola Police Chief Richard Guillen said Wednesday that the officers James Gallegos and Gabriel Gonzales had been drinking at the time of ihe fight He said the officers later claimed they were conducting an undercover drug buy but supervisors in the department had no knowledge of any such operation involving the officers Guillen said his department is conducting a criminal inves tigation into the incident but no charges have been filed Gallegos has worked for the police department for more than two years but Gonzales recentiy graduated from the police acad emy and has worked for the Espanola department for about 10 months Guillen said The incident occurred about 8 pm Tuesday in the parking lot of a hamburger restaurant in Espanola he said Police believe the fight started after an argument over who would go with an unidentified man to pick up cocaine Guillen said According to the officers statements and witness accounts the officers were try ing to buy either or S200 worth of cocaine Lt Manuel Trujillo of the Espanola Police Department said Police were called to the scene by a woman who was in a car with the man who allegedly was to go get the drugs Trujillo said Police did not find any drugs and the unidentified man and woman were not injured Guil len said Contact Jason Ausiander at 9953877 or [email protected] OBiTUARSES Lawrence C Alcott 60 Tesuque Dec 22 Rosina A Baca 70 Santa Fe Dec 24 Harold T Esher 100 Dec 26 Joshua E Jaramffio 9 Dec 23 Rudolpho A Lujan 69 Dec 27 Cayetano Martinez 85 Dec 23 Yolanda MartmezOmori 57 Dixon Dec 25 Pamela Pratt Powell 54 Dec 24 David Romero 62 Dec 24 Gilbert Sifra 68 Velarde Dec 22 Alberto G Sanchez 81 Santa Fe Dec 23 EfrainC Campos 81 Santa Fe Dec 26 Page C2 C5 Index Annies Mailbox Business Classifieds Comics Crossword Horoscope VANDALS MAR PLAZA MENORAH A teca rabbi says antiSemitism is behind the vandalism ofalargeHanukkah menorah on the Plaza Local news Cl Police Time SCREAMIN DEMONS Aaron Shirleys late bucket lifts Santa Fe High past Portales in the first round of the Stu Clark Tournament Sports BI Main Late News TODAY Partly sunny High 54 low 24 PageCS Five sections 34 pages 156th year Issue No 363 Publication No 596440 A locally owned and independent newspaper Serving New Mexico for 156 years ;